STAR leader hopes new MACC chief Latheefa ‘can deliver’

Lina Soo

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, June 6: State Reform Party (STAR) is not concerned about Pakatan Harapan (PH) breaking its promise and appointing Latheefa Koya as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief.

What its president, Lina Soo, is more concerned about is whether Latheefa can deliver.

“I am not concerned about that (PH breaking its promise of not making a political appointment on crucial governmental posts), as long as the person appointed can deliver. After all, the Pakatan regime is known for breaking every promise they made once they swept into power,” Soo told DayakDaily.

She hoped Latheeefa would be brave and fearless in going after the corrupt.

“She must go after the politically corrupt, those who cheated and bribed during party elections for party positions, regardless of the political party.

“She should also go after politicians who were in the midst of corruption and criminal trials, who after a change of regime after 509 (14th general election on May 9, 2018) were suddenly discharged and cases aborted with no reason given.

“She must also investigate the cases where police reports have been lodged against Sarawak politicians in several NCR (Native Customary Rights) land cases,” said Soo.

She added that all cases should be revisited and determined once and for all if indeed these cases were genuine complaints.

Additionally, if anyone were to be found innocent, Latheefa should declare the innocence of these individuals and stop all wild speculations, according to the rule of law under the ‘New Malaysia’.

“STAR hopes Latheefa will not disappoint Sarawakians as we may be too idealistic to imagine Sarawak is corruption-free, but to set the record straight to bring the guilty to justice and the innocent to have their names cleared,” said Soo.

Certain quarters have protested the appointment of Latheefa as the country’s first female anti-graft head because she was a staunch supporter of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR); thus, the fear of selective persecution. In addition, these critics also pointed out PH’s election promise that major and crucial posts such as MACC and Election Commission Commissioners must go through a Parliamentary Select Committee. — DayakDaily